22 September 2016

Autumnal Equinox

Photo cred.
 
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth
That flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings,
When change is on the heart.
Gay words and jests may make us smile,
When Sorrow is asleep;
But other things must make us smile,
When Sorrow bids us weep!

The dearest hands that clasp our hands, —
Their presence may be o’er;
The dearest voice that meets our ear,
That tone may come no more!
Youth fades; and then, the joys of youth,
Which once refresh’d our mind,
Shall come — as, on those sighing woods,
The chilling autumn wind.

Hear not the wind — view not the woods;
Look out o’er vale and hill —
In spring, the sky encircled them —
The sky is round them still.
Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold —
Come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne’er be desolate.
 
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Autumn

19 September 2016

September's Simple Woman's Daybook

 
For Today
September 19, 2016

Outside my window... It is finally a tad cooler at 87 but still quite humid so it feels like 90. I'm hoping the 90's are over soon! Our swimming pool closed so I need it to cool down so I don't have FOMO. 

I am thinking about... my how blessed I am in my job. I'm much less tired when I get home so after nearly 6 months my body is getting used to being out and about all day.   

I am thankful... that my husband and my children want to talk to us, even after they move away.

I am going... after home after work. 

I am hoping... to do better on my diet (she says while drinking an iced PSL).

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was leftover pasta, and dinner will be chicken pot pie* and salad with chocolate chip cookies for dessert (for Bry and Bryan). 

I am reading... Garden & Gun magazine and The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price. I always snapchat when I start a new book so make sure you follow me there (vintagewasp).

Favorite Quote... “The fairies, as was their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness." J.M. Barrie

A peek into my day... this is from Labor Day with my sister and her husband, niece, Bryan, and Bry. We went to dinner at Cracker Barrel.
 
*Please make sure to use real Cream of Chicken soup like from Pacific. I get mine at Publix but Whole Foods also sells it.

09 September 2016

Working Essentials



Since working outside of the home for a few months I thought I'd share a few essentials (to me). I start my morning at 6:30 when my alarm goes off then I fight staying in the bed for 5-10 minutes. I put on my clothes by the light of my iPhone then head into the kitchen for water. Hydration is key for pretty skin, especially as we age! Then I head into my son's bathroom as it has a vanity. I moisturize, brush teeth, "put on my face", flat iron my hair, and put on my perfume and jewelry. Then I head into kitchen to make my son and my lunches and our breakfasts. Wake up the "child" as he typically sleeps through his alarm. Then put my bag together: iPad in case, keyboard, headphones, wallet, acetaminophen, breath strips, lunch, water bottle, social media calendar (work) and notebook, and last but not least, my phone. I keep chargers in my car and at work but if you do not, make sure to put one in your bag as well. If you buy the wall charger for your iPad, it will charge your iPhone up quickly. Of course copious amounts of caffeine will be required. I fill up a Tervis cup with Starbucks from my refrigerator, or if I have time, then stop by DD or Sbux and get a pumpkin iced coffee (not latte).

Getting dressed requires a few things to take into consideration. What is the weather inside and outside of your office? Will any important clients be coming in the office? What are your plans for after work? Above all else, what will make you feel confident? My #1 suggestion is cardigans! My sister told me to invest in 3-4 as they will be in demand, especially in the summer. It is hot outside so you need sleeveless or short sleeves but inside of the office it is often cold (as it is in hers and mine). My office is business casual with an emphasis on business. For instance the guys wear dress pants with polos or button ups. The other girl and I wear dress pants with Elsa type shirt or button up or dresses (what I mainly wear). Being in the front, it is important that I dress up more than the rest of the crew as I am the first person a perspective client will see so I dress up more than the other girl in the office. You'll find me in a lot of knit sheaths or fit and flare dresses with flats and cardigans. Also pearls, pretty much always pearls, but I do want this necklace since my state one was recently vacuumed. :(. Shoes, shoes are very important for your look and comfort. I have heard lots of great comments about Ivanka Trump shoes but I have not tried them myself. What I do is I wear flip flops to and from the parking garage into the high rise and then change into one of the 3 pairs of Sam Edelman flats in my desk as they as comfortable and classic.

At your desk keep hand sanitizer, lotion, favorite pens, and a few snacks. In my desk, I currently have Trader Joe fruit bars, beef jerky, and packets of Justin's peanut butter to be mixed with my daily banana. In our refrigerator I'm stocking Bai. Of course we have water and coffee but since going off of Mountain Dew I have to replace it with something flavorful and Bai is low carb and delicious!

Also in my desk are magazines. I typically buy them from my library and bring in a few to read during lunch (I eat at my desk so I can leave early). Keep books updated on your iPad too for when you do not have a magazine.

This is getting lengthy so I'll stop here but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

05 September 2016

Labor Day Sales


I listed a bunch of sales that are Today Only on the blog's Facebook page; J. Crew, Old Navy (where the dress above is from), Vera Bradley, etc. Check it out! 

31 August 2016

Happy Birthday Muzzie

 
Today would have been this gorgeous gal's 94th birthday. This blessing from The Lord has meant the world to me my entire life. When she died two years ago I was a mess and honestly there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her. It could be absolutely anything that brings her to my mind. Something like making bbq (her signature dish), putting on a Ralph Lauren shirt (her favorite brand), or hearing my son play her piano that my sister generously bought for me at Muzzie's auction. So many things remind me of Miss Elizabeth Bright.

 
Muzzie was strong, oh was she strong. I firmly believe had she not fallen at her nursing home that she would still be alive and literally kicking. She was strong in her faith above all else but she had such an inner strength that sometimes became external if you ticked her off enough. Oh that list was not something you wanted to be on because you'd be on it forever. But that inner strength helped her get through being a child of the Great Depression, deaths of four husbands and a son and grandson, raising her five children single handedly sometimes and her five stepchildren often as Papaw was a truck driver and would go on long runs, and so much more hardship that she endured. It was all endured though because of her unwavering faith in The Lord.


When Muzzie was a young girl she learned to play the piano and until she went to the nursing home she never stopped. She had a nice voice which she passed on to all of her children and some of her grandchildren; I am not one of them. I did inherit her gift of playing the piano, as has my son, her great-grandson. He can play by ear and I often hear him playing, which makes me so happy.

This photo was taken at my college graduation (L to R Aunt Sunny, me, Mom, and Muzzie.) Muzzie had 10 children and she went to every single one of our graduations, including mine in Atlanta and my cousin Joe's in Florida. Though she missed my cousin David's in Seattle as she had a fear of flying, which makes sense as my uncle and cousin died in a plane crash, so she drove all over. As an antiques dealer she would go places to get a new find or have a booth in a show. I cannot tell you how many times we drove all along the Kentucky back roads to go to an auction, estate sale or some charity shop. If it was hot she would take me to Dairy Queen (the only restaurant in her tiny town) or better yet we'd grab a carton she got on sale in her numerous freezers on the porch. Summers with Muzzie were the best!
 

Muzzie was a second mother to me and I always made weekly calls to her. I'm sad their over, but I'm so blessed that she was my grandmother and I could have them with her at all.



29 August 2016

Visit to Charlotte


A few weeks ago my husband asked me what I wanted to do that weekend. We had a loaner as one of the vehicles was in the shop. I had been wanting to go to The Billy Graham Library for awhile and said that's where I wanted to go. So we woke up on Saturday morning and took off. I had intended to stay the night but B thought we could do it all in one day. He was sort of right. We went to the Library, farmer's market, and Cracker Barrel. I had hoped to visit a French bakery one of my besties, whom lives in Charlotte, told me about, as well as meet up with said bestie. Still, I am so glad that we went and that was so wonderful, and something I crossed off of a "want to do list".


On the grounds of the Library is the home Billy Graham grew up in, Library, and Ruth Bell Graham's gravestone. I'm sure there's more but that's what I remember at this time. Here are some photos: 


His family's home place. Mr. Graham's mother's caretaker was there that day showing photos and sharing tidbits about his parents. That was so neat!



The Library is more like a museum dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Graham's lives. This was when B.G. went to Los Angeles and preached for around 2 months.


As a young man.



Ruth Bell Graham's wedding dress


Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush, Pres. Bill Clinton, Billy Graham, (son) Franklin Graham, Pres. Jimmy Carter

Mr. Graham has met with US Presidents since the 1940's. Here are a few.



Mrs. Graham was raised in China so the Asian culture was important for her. She went to Wheaton College, where she met Mr. Graham. They married, had 5 children, which she predominantly raised, and they were very happy. I think one of my favorite parts is when people asked Mr. Graham is the greatest Christian, he said his wife. Can you imagine? I want to be just like her when I grow up, well, in Ralph Lauren clothing.

I thought I had a photo of my food at Cracker Barrel, but must have deleted it. Oops! Anyway, it was delicious, as always.

I'm still trying to swim 3 times per week or so. This past Saturday, I was the only one at the pool; just the way I like it!

Next month begins Fashion Month so I will do my best to keep up and share things I like. Well, lunch break is over...back to the grind. Ironically, I am going back to writing blog posts for work. :) Have a great week! 








18 August 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook 8.18.16


For Today
August 18, 2016

Outside my window... It is still rather hot and humid (92, feels like 99), but it's still summer in Georgia. There is little wind so it feels quite stagnant. Hopefully the rain will hold off to get in a swim after work. 

I am thinking about... my son in heaven. He would be 12 years old today. The days get better but the anniversaries, the milestones, they do not. Normally I would be in bed watching Jane Austen movies but instead I am working and am glad for the distraction.    

I am thankful... that I have such great friends. Not a lot of friends, but the ones I have are true "ride or die" friends.

I am wearing... dress, cardigan (currently buy 1 get 1 50% off), shoes, necklace, bracelet, lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, bronzer, fragrance.

I am going... after work, I went home. I planned to swim but as soon as I was putting on my suit when it started storming. Boo. 

I am hoping... that my son has a fun and successful senior year of high school!

In the kitchen... breakfast was Jimmy Dean meat lovers stuffed hash browns; lunch was BLT salad; dinner was Trader Joe's orange chicken and vegetable fried rice. 

I am reading... Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson (finishing tonight-will begin A Low Country Wedding tomorrow night) and Southern Lady's Autumn in the South magazine. I always snapchat when I start a new book so make sure you follow me there.

Favorite Quote... “This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and the rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climatic symphony of colour and scent is, in my opinion, one of the best parts of living on Earth." ~Victoria Erickson 

A peek into my day... my view from the pool yesterday.Make sure you're following me in Snapchat for my daily comings and goings. My username is vintagewasp. 

16 August 2016

Happy 53rd Parentals!


Today is my parents 53rd wedding anniversary. They met and wed when they were still teenagers when my uncle (mom's brother) was my dad's basketball coach. Aren't they cute? Her bouffant makes her as tall as my 6'2 father. To be honest, I'd wear her outfit now. He was in the Navy and she went to legal secretary school. They lived in San Diego, Beaufort, Indianapolis, and settled back where they met in Kentucky. 



They worked and raised my sister and I. My father is in the insurance industry, which gave them many opportunities to travel. Sometimes my sister and I went but often it was their time alone. I am actually envious of their travels more than anything. They gave my sister and I every opportunity available and we are so grateful. They shuttled us (and paid for) private school 40 minutes one way each day, took us to piano lessons, friends houses, church every time it was open, and over all provided us with a loving secure home.

Mom and Dad are active in church and they love politics and sports. U of L (blah) is their team but in everything else Mom roots for the underdog always. More than anything (besides God) they love my sister and I and our children. Their grandchildren are their world. I hate that we live 400 miles away and so they were not able to go to Bry's school functions or ball games but they have gone to as many as possible for my niece and nephew. Thank you Mom and Dad, for showing us how to survive and thrive with your spouse for 53 years. Love you!


 

09 August 2016

National Book Lovers Day

 For National Book Lovers Day, I thought it is high time to finally share about the day I met Susan Branch. In June I looked at my Twitter and saw author Susan Branch tweet that she (and her husband) are coming to the Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock (about 30 miles outside of Atlanta). Knowing that one of my besties, C, and I both adore her books, I texted her and the next day our tickets were bought. C. lives a good hour south so we met in Woodstock on that hot, hot day. You can see Susan's A Fine Romance van. Its so neat and had just been from Martha's Vineyard to California and back to Georgia (on it's way to Martha's Vineyard).
 This is a video of Susan giving a small talk before before the book signing. Susan, if you happen to read this, you have my condolences on the death of your father. xoxoxo
 Susan heard Baby E. during her talk and very sweetly had us, and other mothers and elderly get in line first. So this is C, S, and E meeting Susan, who was so kind to S and talked to her not has a toddler but as a girl. 
 This is a group photo. I adore this! I love my girls and wish I could see them more often. C's birthday present is supposed to come in on the 20th and I'll head down south after it arrives.
 The book signing was for the last book in her biographical trilogy, Isle of Dreams. I had already read that one and requested to get 30th Anniversary edition of Heart of the Home. I have already made a few recipes from it! The Basil Ice Cream sounds divine, only if I had an ice cream maker. Boo! Thank you to the Foxtale Book Shoppe and Susan Branch for having the signing. We had such fun!
P.S. I had to share this gem that E sent to me (via her momma ;). Is this not the sweetest thing ever? You'll notice blurring of the children's faces or Snapchat filter as well as using their first initial of their names for anonymity. 

03 August 2016

Back to School for Teen Boys

 


 
My youngest child begins his senior year of high school next week. My husband is taking him to school at this very minute to get him registered (the first year I have missed) as I am at work. While I am on my lunch break, I thought I would share a few items that Mr. Bry uses. My sister very generously gave him 2 large garbage bags filled with good name brand clothes. They are such a blessing! So, I will not be purchasing as much in the clothes department but here is what we have purchased and will be before next week.
More things will pop up after he receives his syllabi but for now, this is what we are purchasing.

01 August 2016

Bonjour August


Besides the heat, August is a nice month. So nice that I could not decide between the poems so I chose two. Here is what is happening this month (that I know of):
  • senior photos
  • first day of Bry's senior year of high school (insert crying emoji here)
  • school shopping
  • one more day at the beach
  • work, work, work
  • continue to get fat on Ben & Jerry's
  • visit the farmer's market
  • picnics
  • swim as much as possible
  • breathe, live in the moment, as it is all too fleeting
 
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week (and rest of the month)! 

29 July 2016

National Lipstick Day



When I was 12 years old I had horrible skin and wanted to start wearing make up to cover it up. I was an "early bloomer" so the acne started early. Before the age of 12 I was allowed to wear blush and lipgloss and had a lot of Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers. Mother very smartly said that if I am going to wear make up then I needed to have it professionally done. No frosted blue eyeshadow for me. So, she took me to a place in Louisville that used the Color Me Beautiful approach and they taught me how to apply make up, what colors looked best on me, and how to be the best me. That was a great first step. A few years later I signed onto Alix Adams Modeling Agency and they taught me even more. After modeling, I knew what colors to wear and was given tips by awesome make up artists, but I'll be honest and admit that I still primarily wore lipgloss. It was in the early 2000's, everybody did, unless you looked good in brown (I do not) as that was the color everyone wore. Mother taught me to never leave the house without lipstick and though sometimes it is lipgloss, I rarely ever rebel against her rule. Especially as I am working in an office now, I see that a bit of color on my lips will brighten up my face and make me appear more put together. I do tailor the color to what I am wearing, since I know what colors to wear, it all blends nicely. I stick to the cool shades of variations of pink. A majority of my lip colors come from my Clinique and Estee Lauder gift with purchases so except for the Chanel and Burt's Bees, I rarely need to purchase lipstick. Here are my favorite:
For the bright colors, I recommend using a primer and blotting. After applying your lipstick, take a piece of paper or tissue and place it between your lips; close then remove the paper. My niece adores Kylie Cosmetics for her lipkit colors as they stay on all day and comes with a lipgloss. I have not tried them yet so I am reticent in giving a recommendation. 

25 July 2016

Monday Musings

Dixieland, Tennessee 

It's lunchtime on Monday so I thought I would take a moment to write about this weekend and a few other things on my mind.  I work during lunchtime so I'm simultaneously answering phones, greeting clients, and typing. We shall see how this goes.

Last week my youngest son left to go to my parents house in Kentucky for a few days. He has not had a vacation all summer since he worked and had summer school. Since summer school is over, we thought going up there would be a nice treat. He had a nice time with my niece and nephew as well as my parents. 

On Thursday, I decided that since B is going to get him that I wanted to go up there too and see Nana. We left on Friday when I got off of work. Traffic was not fun so it took us 7 hours instead of the usual 6 but we made it there before midnight. On Saturday we went to see Nana and the Bry's went to Maker's Mark (no Bryson did not drink; he is only 18). They got me a Tervis, which I have not photographed yet. I think the fellas at work will be jealous.  Nana was doing remarkably well for turning 97 next week. Of course she was a bit tired but who wouldn't be?! We talked for about 2 hours and I'll share her thoughts about longevity in another post.

On the way home we discovered a new park in Floyd's Fork (about as country sounding as possible, right?) so we decided to drive through it and saw an adorable deer, miles and miles of trails, and creek. If you're in the South Louisiville area you should check it out. I think Brown Forman (tobacco producer) is a large sponsor of the park as one of the silos is called the Brown Forman Silo.


After we went back to my parents house for supper with them, as well as my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and my niece's boyfriend. That was so weird that baby Rea can be old enough to have a boyfriend. He seems like a sweet fella, and I wish him luck with our family. ;)

If you have teenage boys especially, check out Ralph Lauren's sale. They have OCBD's for $35. I wear them myself. My son and I are the same size so it works out. I posted a link on my blog's Facebook page.

Are you over this election cycle? After the drama unfolding this weekend, I think both parties are exasperated.

My sweet father-in-law is not doing too well. Can y'all say a prayer for him? He has cancer and currently having some pretty bad complications. Thank you!

I need to get back to work so I'll stop here. I started my week off with a free Starbucks so I'm caffeined-up, wearing my new Lilly (in last week's post), and feeling great. I hope y'all have a wonderful one!








22 July 2016

Beach Blonde


Last year I began dyeing my hair with L'oreal Sun-kissed Caramel in Gold. I love it but wanted to make the blonde highlights come out a bit brighter and less brassy. Through shampoo and sunlight, my hair has gotten quite light, as you saw it the previous blog post. I was born a strawberry blonde but it turned brown when I was a wee girl so I have loved this change. I need to dye it again and bought even lighter dye this time. If I like it I'll share it next week. Unfortunately because of my dark roots with white strands I have to dye it about every 4-6 weeks as my hair grows super fast, especially in the summer. So, here are a few things I have learned to care for my light hair:

  1. Condition it frequently. Once per week I use the thick conditioner that comes with my dye. I also use a mask frequently.
  2. Shampoo infrequently. I normally only wash my hair every 3 days. I use dry shampoo for my roots in between. This is my favorite. I had a coupon for this new root color. I'm going to have to try it this week...it's bad but have not had time this week to dye.
  3. Use a serum.
  4. Use a purple shampoo. One of my favorite blonde attorney's unfortunately cancelled her blog but before she did I saw her post about using it. Let me tell y'all, it's a game changer for my blonde highlights. It makes them even lighter and takes out all brass. I mainly only use it once a week as it is drying but if I need it then I will add a tiny bit with my other shampoo my other day I wash. 
I will probably go back darker in the fall but for now, I am loving this beachy blonde look this summer.

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